Ignition Fortress Tutorial Party! (support open source and get t-shirts!)

Ignition’s 6th collection, Fortress, is planned for release on September 30th 2021. Before each release, the team goes over all the tutorials using pre-releases to check that everything is working as it should and make final tweaks. It is incredibly important that these tutorials function smoothly as they are where our new users first meet Ignition and we want them to have a good experience. For this release, we’d like to invite the community to join the party! :partying_face: This should be a great opportunity for Gazebo-classic users to get their feet wet with its next generation. This is also a great opportunity for prospective interns to get familiar Ignition and meet the community.

We’ll be partying from September 22th until September 29th 2021. This year, to sweeten the pot we’ll be sending out Fortress t-shirts to the top five tutorial party animals (those who finish reviewing the most tutorials). We’ll also be including all tutorial reviewers in the release notes.

How to party! :partying_face:

The party process is fairly simple, and if all goes according to plan you should be able to validate a few tutorials in an hour or two and check out some upgrades to Ignition. The steps are as follows:

  1. Pick a tutorial flavor, the Fortress release supports two installation methods (source and binaries) and four host operating systems (Ubuntu Bionic and Focal, and OSX Catalina and Windows 10).
  2. Install the nightlies on your computer (directions below).
  3. Sign up for the tutorial on the tracking spreadsheet by putting your name in the appropriate box.
  4. Run through the tutorial from start to finish! Be really thorough; if you think you could improve the tutorial feel free to add to it. At this point one of three things will happen:
  5. The tutorial works perfectly! ⇒ Put in “OK!” in the spreadsheet.
  6. The tutorial has issues…
    1. … but you can fix them and send us a PR. ⇒ Open the PR and drop a link in the spreadsheet.
    2. … You can’t fix them (that’s ok!) ⇒ Report the issue on the spread sheet!
  7. Record the results of your review in the spreadsheet
  8. Try another tutorial!
  9. Drop a note at the bottom of the post.

How to Install Nightlies

All Fortress libraries have nightly releases. The following installation methods are available:

The spreadsheet will be published next week! Stay tuned!

:fire: The Ignition Dev Team :fire:


Great event, thanks for organizing it!

A small comment on the binary installation on Windows 10: at the moment Windows binaries via conda-forge are compiled only once a release is done, so you can’t install Nightly builds with the "Install binaries on Windows 10 " tutorial. However, testing upcoming release via the "Build from source on Windows 10 " tutorial should work fine.

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Have I missed where the spreadsheet was released, or it hasn’t yet? Has the party started?

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We’re a bit late with the pre-releases. It should still take a few more hours and then we’ll post the spreadsheet here. We’re almost there!

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The spreadsheet is out! Enjoy the party! 🔥🏢 Fortress tutorial party - Google Sheets

Remember the instructions Ignition Fortress Tutorial Party! (support open source and get t-shirts!)

Have fun!


Should warnings be considered issues, or they are ok?

This looks interesting.
At first glance, on the “Getting Started with Ignition” page there is a link to “Overview” but when clicking on the link it goes to a blank page. Clicking on the GitHub link on the Overview page shows a 404 Page not found error.

Getting Started with Ignition page:

Overview Page:

I am not sure if this is part of the Tutorial Party though.


In general, warnings should be fixed. You can open a PR with a fix, or ticket an issue. Before ticketing an issue, do a quick search to see if there isn’t one already. Thanks!

Ah nice catch! It looks like that was removed in this PR. I think that should now link to the About page. Would you be able to open a pull request with a fix?

It counts too! :+1: